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Smith & Wesson SW Model 500 - Standard Compensator Six-Shot Revolver (2003)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 7/29/2015

The title of most powerful handgun ever made arguably belongs to the Smith and Wesson Model 500 revolver.

The Smith & Wesson Model 500 - Standard Compensator is touted as the most powerful handgun every built. The Model 500 was introduced in 2003 into the Smith & Wesson line of 'X-Frame' (Extra Large-framed) handguns.

The Model 500 features a satin stainless steel finish, Sorbothane recoil-absorbing rubber grip, an adjustable rear sight and interchangeable front sight and fires the massive .50 caliber round. Smith & Wesson reports that the Model 500 is the most powerful handgun ever made.

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Specifications for the
Smith & Wesson SW Model 500 - Standard Compensator
Six-Shot Revolver

Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson - USA
Initial Year of Service: 2003

Overall Length: 381 mm (15.00 in)
Barrel Length: 213.00 mm (8.39 in)
Weight (Empty): 4.41 lb (2.00 kg)

Caliber*: 12.7mm (.50 caliber)
Action: Hammer with Rotating Cylinder; Double-Action
Feed: 5-Round Rotating Cylinder
Muzzle Velocity: 2,075 ft/sec (632 m/sec)
Range: 165 ft (50 m; 55 yds)
Sights: Iron

* Listed caliber(s) for firearms may be model dependent if more than one model type/chambering was produced. Always consult official manufacturer's information or a licensed dealer.

Model 500 - Base Series Name

Model 460XVR - High muzzle velocity model

United States